Global Issues (And Other Problems)

As I told you before, this is where I'm going to bring awareness to all these issues in the world that need to be STOPPED.
Please spread the word.

Chapter 1

Shark Finning

Shark Fin Soup.

An expensive and extremely popular dish, common among the Chinese.

Now you ask- how do these shark fins come to be? Surely they must bring the shark on board, let it die, and then cut off the fins. Just like other fish.

Wrong.

The people on the ships catch the sharks, and bring them on board alive. From there, they cut off the fins, the shark still alive. Oh, and that's not all. They then throw the shark back into the water, finless, and leave it to die. The shark is left in the water, unable to move and with no chance of living. They are forced to die an excruciating painful and slow death. Sometimes they are eaten alive by other fish. And that is Fact.

Imagine you are going along on your usual day, then suddenly you are captured. From there your arms and legs are cut off, and your thrown on the floor and left to die. Or possibly eaten alive.

This doesn't just happen to, let's say, 100 sharks a year.

It is estimated that One Hundred Million (100 000 000) sharks are killed PER YEAR.

Why is shark finning so important? Why does this keep happening?

The same reason most global issues are happening.

Money.

One pound of dried shark fin can be worth $300 dollars or more. It's billions and billions of dollars coming in.


It is estimated that in only 10 short years, most species of sharks will be gone. Forever. Extinct.

And now the million dollar question - Why isn't this illegal?

Each country is to come up with their own laws about shark finning. But with the temptation of all the money, the governments often don't make the proper rules.

A large amount of Shark Finning IS illegal, but you don't often see the government doing anything about it.

Do anything you can to stop this- it can even come down to just signing petitions (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/345/265/363/). But this NEEDS to stop.

And the world is in our hands.

If you would like to find out more, you can find Gordan Ramsay (Chef)'s documentary called "Shark Bait". I highly reccomend it.

Here are some pictures I had found online. These images may be disturbing, so don't click unless you know you can stand it:

http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=shark+finning&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbm=isch&tbnid=vGpUcubquMi3OM:&imgrefurl=http://www.whaleshark.org/finish.jsp&docid=CB6vovfvqMf5lM&w=485&h=334&ei=5Z18TrqoGubC0AHNx53gDw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=161&vpy=153&dur=881&hovh=186&hovw=271&tx=144&ty=142&page=1&tbnh=100&tbnw=143&start=0&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0&biw=1024&bih=455

http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=shark+finning&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbm=isch&tbnid=by7ltMbo6DalRM:&imgrefurl=http://www.globalanimal.org/2010/05/19/shark-finning-ban-should-be-passed-in-hawaii/2396/&docid=qlKDSNtr838ADM&w=336&h=500&ei=5Z18TrqoGubC0AHNx53gDw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=791&vpy=64&dur=1380&hovh=274&hovw=184&tx=120&ty=192&page=1&tbnh=100&tbnw=76&start=0&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0&biw=1024&bih=455

http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=shark+finning&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbm=isch&tbnid=0_cMZA2Hu51oiM:&imgrefurl=http://www.cdnn.info/eco/e031004/e031004.html&docid=NazKmWv2M9ymHM&w=250&h=163&ei=5Z18TrqoGubC0AHNx53gDw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=271&vpy=209&dur=4613&hovh=130&hovw=200&tx=125&ty=102&page=4&tbnh=98&tbnw=147&start=36&ndsp=11&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:36&biw=1024&bih=455

Now please go watch "Shark Bait".


Sources:
~ http://www.stopsharkfinning.net/
~ Last year's Global Issues class
~ http://www.sharkwater.com/education.htm

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